Catholic bishops throughout the country are having letters read in their parishes denouncing the mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring that religious employers provide health coverage for contraceptives, sterilization procedures and abortion, in the form of abortion-inducing drugs.
In his letter, St. Louis Archbishop Carlson said, “the federal government, which was formed to be ‘of, by, and for the people,’ has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people – the Catholic population – and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave coverage to the Archbishop’s letter. Click here to read the article. Click here to read the Spanish translation of Archbishop Carlson’s letter.
All of the Missouri bishops have issued statements opposing the mandate. Click here to download the letter from Bishop James Johnston from the DIocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Click to read the article from Bishop Finn from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in English or in Spanish. Click to read the letter issued by Bishop Gaydos from the Diocese of Jefferson City in Spanish or in English.